M[ary] M[errill] Garydon
288 Central Ave.,
March 16thf '93.
My dear Mr. Muir:
Your letter gave us all much pleasure. I sent it finally to Miss Eliza [Hendricks], knowing she would be relieved at the certain prospect of that "book! When she gets an idea in her head, she pegs away at it. Yes, the Hendricks family are good. When Col. Hendricks died some lady remarked, "The world is less safe without him." What an epitaph!
As for James Whitcomb Riley, he's a solitaire, but a few friends are devoted to him. It is rumored that one reason he so seldom accepts invitations is because he is afraid of wine, but when you come next fall we will try and secure him for a dinner.
I did just rejoice over that book for Henry Riley - did not open it so as to give him that pleasure - sent a postal to the care of Atkinson Works, announcing my possession of the book, etc., etc., but who should come for the book but Henry Riley, Jr., of whose existence I did not know, a very nioe looking young man, but I wanted to see the father and witness his pleasure, for he all but worships you.
We have had a terribly cold winter. You might have studied glacial action here, as for weeks the streets were sheets of ice. The M.D.s had the benefit of it. Mrs. Dorsey fell and broke one wrist in two places, and Mrs. Wells was in bed 11 days from concussion of the brain.
Yes, Katie is a good girl. She has been my comfort, my pride, and in every way to us all a blessing. She is winning her way in Oakland, and will represent Cal. on some local historical subject with a paper in the Woman's Congress at Chicago. Go and talk with her, and help heri do. Janet does not improve, but the rest of the family are well.
I am trying to fortify myself for a wedding in June. Julia [Graydon]is the victim. Oh, I just hate weddings, and Br. Jameson is not half good enough for Julia. (Don't tell Kate I said that).
Goodbye. Love to the children - love and enjoy them, while they are children - cherish them.
M[ary] M[errill] Graydon.
A letter written at any time will reach me, without the street or number. I say this, so if in 6 months you want to announce your coming and forget the number!
1893 Mar 16
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.
Graydon, Mary Merrill, "Letter from M[ary] M[errill] Garydon to John Muir, 1893 Mar 16." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 254.
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